Brain-Friendly Instructional Strategies Part I: How Students Learn Best                      

 Make your course come alive with instructional strategies that correlate with how the brain learns best in this highly engaging workshop for college faculty. Participants learn how to deliver memorable instruction that help students understand and retain vast amounts of course content. This session will provide an overview of research-based practices prescribed for increased student engagement and instructor efficacy in creating brain-friendly course related activities. Learn how instructors can teach best using learning styles theory, multiple intelligences, higher order thinking, and cooperative learning. (1.5 – 3.0 hours)

Brain-Friendly Instructional Strategies Part II: 20 Strategies for Student Engagement

The brain seeks information and retains content taught in a positive environment where students learn by moving and interacting with each other. This fun-filled workshop is for faculty participants who want to experience 20 brain-compatible strategies that will provide a multitude of additional ways to design curriculum and deliver instruction. Participants will learn how to revolutionize their instructional practices or support the effectiveness of some of their current practices. Taken from Marcia Tate’s book, Worksheets Don't’ Grow Dendrites, these 20 strategies will get students excited about your course, spark creativity, improve student learning outcomes and increase student engagement. (1.5 – 3.0 hours)

Cooperative Learning I: Teambuilding and ClassBuilding

Do your students shy away from group work or group projects? Does group work lack equal participation and individual accountability resulting in a group with hogs and logs? How do students experience teaching and learning in your class? Cooperative learning offers group processes that structures student interactions and group dynamics so that there is positive interdependence, equal participation and individual accountability. This workshop engages participants in simple teambuilding and classbuilding processes where students are more engaged, like class more, and retain more content. Learn how to present your curriculum with high student energy and focused alertness. Get students up and moving and talking about content. Teach with pizzazz! “It is through student discourse and the interaction of different ideas that students construct meaning.” (Kagan, 2015) (1.5 – 3.0 hours)

Cooperative Learning II: From Good to Great!

Traditionally, good teaching has been described as the design and delivery of a good lesson, and oftentimes is teacher directed with little student discourse. Great teaching is about providing students with learning experiences that are creatively structured to maximize student interaction with each other and engagement with the academic content. This transformative workshop will take you through a series of activities from the perspective of a student experiencing good teaching and then experiencing great teaching with cooperative learning. Increase your students’ social and academic efficacy through structured instructional processes that close the success gap in higher learning. (1.5 – 3.0 hours)

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Prepare to better meet the academic needs of your students as this workshop examines teaching and learning strategies, concepts, and theories embedded in student-centered learning appropriate for diverse student populations in the K-12 and college classrooms.  Emphasis is placed on instructional rigor and relevance as it relates to culturally responsive pedagogy within the confines of diversity variables such as ability differences, age, gender, race and ethnicity. Participants learn how to actively engage all students in their classes and increase studentachievement by identifying, nurturing, and utilizing the strengths and inherent gifts students bring to the K-12 setting and college. (1.5 – 3.0 hours

Grading Practices that Impact Student Success

This interactive workshop examines 10 grading practices that faculty often use to assess student achievement, but can hinder student success. Participants will be introduced to the Layered Curriculum and Multiple Intelligences, two research-based instructional strategies that can serve as alternative assessment tools to gage student mastery of content and to maximize student success. Participants will use Bloom’s Taxonomy and the Quality Matters rubric to review their lesson plans and course syllabi for alignment of assessments with course goals and objectives. Alignment of assessments with teaching and learning provide multiple opportunities to track student progress and increase student performance, student engagement, and student achievement.  (1.5 – 3.0 hours)

The Layered Curriculum

The Layered Curriculum is an innovation in assessment, giving students voice and choice in how they demonstrate mastery of content. It is a three-layer model of differentiated instruction that fosters complex thinking and holds students with varied learning styles accountable for their own learning.

Instead of focusing on one type of activity that is assigned to everyone, the Layered Curriculum matches students with activities that best fit their learning needs. Each layer offers a group of assignments representing a different depth of study and using a variety of skills. The C layer covers the basic course content, the B layer challenges students to apply concepts learned in the C layer, and the A layer requires students to use higher order thinking skills as they integrate knowledge from the C and B layers. Participants in this hands-on workshop will begin the journey to making a curricular design where learning is more meaningful for students. (1.5 -3.0 hours)

Minimizing Incivilities in the Classroom (Classroom Management)

It seems that classroom courtesy at the K-12 and college level is on the decline, oftentimes changing the mood or dynamics of the classroom or collegiate setting and disrupting the learning process. Many faculty members assume that by the time a student reaches middle school, high school or college they would have learned how to behave appropriately in a classroom setting and are capable of exhibiting civil behavior. This eye opening and interactive workshop session will review the general types of incivilities experienced at the K-12 college levels and the role faculty members play in classroom management. Learn preventive and proactive measures to minimize occurrences or reoccurrences of incivilities in the classroom. (1.5 -3.0 hours)

Teaching With the Millennial Learner in Mind

Teaching with the millennial learner in mind challenges K-12 and higher education faculty to connect course content to the current culture and real world experiences that make learning outcomes and instructional activities relevant. Generation Z and millennials like assignments that are more creative and allows them to be experiential and exploratory learners who work collaboratively on personalized and customized projects. This workshop explores opportunities for K-12 and college faculty members to shift from disseminating information to helping students apply information through project based learning, higher order thinking, and multimedia integration. (1.5 – 3.0 hours)

Structuring Your Classroom for Active Learning

Recent shifts in K-12 and higher education pedagogy has sparked an increased interest in and the adoption of active learning. Active learning emphasizes student discussions, questions and interaction which can be limited in traditional lecture style instruction.  Active learning is a subset of cooperative learning that provide academicians with learning strategies to supplement rather than replace lectures. This teaching and learning methodology uses projects and group activities to drive student participation and collaboration. Faculty members who have embraced cooperative learning strategies will find this workshop most invigorating as 10 classroom instructional practices and processes are highlighted to promote active learning. (1.5 – 3.0 hours)

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